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Pioneer Village
138 E US Highway 6
Minden, NE 68959
Phone: 308-832-2750
Toll-free: 800-445-4447

For thousands of years man lived quite simply. Then like a sleeping giant our world was awakened. In a mere hundred and twenty years of eternal time man progressed from open hearth, grease lamps and ox carts to television, super sonic speed, and atomic power. We have endeavored to show you the actual development of this astounding progress as it was unfolded by our forefathers and by ourselves.

Harold Warp, Founder

Relive America's Golden Yesterdays

You have to see it to believe it... The largest private collection of Americana anywhere. The Pioneer Village complex comprises 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development. There's 12 historic buildings around the circular "green". There's a Frontier Fort, a real honest-to-goodness Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, and a home made of sod. There's a general store and a toy store, chock full of all the goods from yesteryear. An original art collection including 25 Currier and Ives prints, 23 Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues. You can ride a priceless steam carousel, see 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. See a 1902 Cadillac and a 1903 Ford, both designed by Henry Ford. Plus 350 other antique cars, all displayed in their order of development. For a relaxing trip into yesterday, come to Pioneer Village.

Pony Express Relay Station
Original Elm Creek Stockade
Historic Country Church
Historic General Store
Historic Sod House
One Room School House
Antique Toy Collection
Blacksmith Shop

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with extended summer hours (6 p.m. close). Spring/Fall hours vary. We are open every day of the year, including all major Holidays, except Christmas Day.


Adult $14.00 + tax. Children $7.00 + tax, 5 & under free.

Every admission includes a free pass for the following day and a discount at our Motel and Campground.

Group rates available for groups of 10 or more.

Call 1-800-445-4447 for group information.

Motel rates

Reasonably priced, inquire for rates. Accommodation bookings come with free admission to the village.

Camping rates

Inquire for rates.

Services offered

Adjoining Motel
RV Park
Meeting Rooms
Summer Church Services

Communities and Related Links
Pioneer Village Web Site

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